I think someone is breaking into my house, what do I do?
Question: So my moms house is on a hill and in our backyard there is a 6 or 7 ft tall fence, below the fence is a small hill then there is a parking lot and shopping center, so were pretty much above the parking lot. anyway- there is always a group of kids probably 17-20 that park towards the back (where my house is by) and my neighbors. They come late at night , 9 or 10 and play loud music and are loud in general, Tonight while minding my own business there was about 2 or 3 on the hill below my house and above the parking lot. they screamed "HEY!" (im unaware if they were yelling at me, my mother, or any of my surrounding neighbors. and went off the hill. ive called the cops before but because the parking lot is so big they can never find them. Since my house is so close to the lot, I am worried they may try to break into my house. Im not worried about protecting myself because my house is full or knives, bats, powerful bb and paintball guns, which I know are not as powerful as a gun but still... they were about 20 minutes ago down at the lot by their car and it looked like they were looking up at my house, Now their car is there and they arent outside of it, but I know they arent on my hill cause I would be able to see them. Just some punk kids? or should I have weapons ready? Like I said , the cops never go to the correct spot. the parking lot is about a half a mile long, its a lot for a mall, so you can imagine.
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From the way you're writing I wouldn't necessary agree you should get a weapon. It is liable to get you into a lot more trouble than it gets you out of. I don't know how old you are, but I would suggest going into your local police station with your mother and any neighbors feeling the same as you do tomorrow or sometime soon, asking to speak to a senior officer, and explaining the ongoing problem to him or her. I'd ask the officer's advice about what to do, and assuming it seems sensible follow it. One possibility is that they could, if they think the complaint of substance, pressure the mall to patrol the parking lot to maintain good order there, or to close the back part of it early in the evening. You could simultaneously ask your lawyer to send a letter to the mall asking for rectification of the problem. The mall is responsible, in my view, if there is disorderly and threatening behavior regularly originating on their property from people they have implicitly invited to be present. This can carry very heavy civil penalties if they are found guilty, not to mention a lot of bad publicity, and they are unlikely to want to risk either. I'm from Canada basically, and the kind of threat requiring gun use (see the suggestion by the earlier answerer to buy a gun) to save oneself is rare. The police would usually (all extremely rare exceptions admitted) strongly advise against purchasing firearms for home defense, except against dangerous wild animals, a problem in some rural areas. If there is is really a problem, they'll usually be willing to put the area under special watch for a while, but the last thing they want is spooked teens opening fire out their bedroom window at vague moving shapes in the bushes next door....the reason why being fairly obvious. I know the US can in places be a rougher story than Canada, but I think you're likely better taking other action than the gun recommended in the other answer, and I wanted to post quickly telling you so. Go ask the cops for their advice for sure before you do any such thing. I didn't even like the sound of the knives and air guns business -- call 911 or the night number to mall security right now if you feel you need to. If you don't know the number for night security in the shopping centre find out tomorrow, Even if there is no one on the premises, there invariably will be a security firm with the premises under watch, and they probably can have a car over there and into the parking lot within a minute or two. They also have more resources to do this quickly, usually, than the police who have real emergencies to deal with and are possibly under-equipped and understaffed. .
A model T engine coil can be hooked to a battery and to the knob but that will most likely knock them out and could kill them if they have a weak heart and you could get sued or arrested. It sounds like he copied a key when he was over there one time. If anyone was missing there keys for a day or so or he could've made a clay impression and had it done the next day. But I would be he has a key. The best would be to change all the locks and maybe check into a security system. Make sure that the door that is found open does not open OUTWARD. If it does it problem has the mechanism exposed. There is usually a flat plate that protect the part between the door and the door jam. If the door opens outward you can slip a pocket knife in between the door and the wall and run it down the lock and it will open unless there's a dead bolt. It would be good to have deadbolts added also if there aren't any there now and it doesn't sound like it. They can get a security system for about $20/month and that will cover movement and put magnets on most of the windows and doors. You can go with the nationally advertised or check with your insurance agent and ask him who he would recommend for a good home system. You want one that the alarm hackers can't hack easily. Other than sitting in a closet with a shotgun (and that would be entrapment or some stupid thing and you'd probably go to jail) the best is to have a live system and deadbolts. Change the locks on the doors that appear opened. If the locks are a set you probably want to change them all. Make sure the key to the new lock is different from the one from the old ones. There are only about 6 different ones normally. :-) Peace y'all
It's hard to know. It could just be some noisy kids hanging around, but if you're worried about it, call the police and have them come inside your house, where they can get a better visual and see what you're seeing. There is nothing wrong with that. Their motto is "To protect and Serve." Also, having an officer come to your house may be helpful because you can ask him or her what rights you have regarding quiet and so forth. Most communities have ordinances against people playing loud music, etc. at at that hour. Lastly, whomever owns that parking lot may have some responsibility for keeping them out of there and the office may be able to tell you if that's true. Good luck and be safe. Better safe than sorry! Bye.
Well first off you may want to seek some kind of help from a therapist. No offense intended but anxiety that presents itself when there is not an immediate reason for it to be there is indicative of an anxiety disorder. Therapy or medication might make that a little more bearable. The truth is there is no reason to get anxious or nervous about an event that may or may not even take place. You can take some precaution to prevent it but you shouldn't obsess. I would say make sure you have good locks that are more difficult to pick. Traditional door locks that use a pin and tumbler mechanism are easily picked. They make ones that are more difficult to pick. You can also purchase an alarm system that links to the police to make you feel safer. You can also possibly get a guard dog.
have weapons ready! Get your guns, knives and bats and lie them out on your bedroom floor so when they break in you can get straight up and start chaos. And call 911.
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